How Much Do You Remember From "Leave It to Beaver?"

By: Susan McDonald

6 Min Quiz

Image: CBS, ABC

About This Quiz

Who doesn't love the Beav? Beaver Cleaver captured the hearts of America in the fall of 1957 and he still hasn't let go. He, his parents, and his brother, Wally, set the standard for middle-class families, dispensing life lessons in a loving and often lighthearted way. Ready to test your knowledge of the iconic series?

What was the show's opening credits?

The show opens with the parents coming into the boys's bedroom to wake them. Each actor is introduced in order, starting with Barbara Billingsly as she enters the room, Hugh Beaumont as he enters, Tony Dow as they wake Wally, and finally, Jerry Mathers.

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How many seasons did the show air?

The show began in 1957 and ended in 1963. All six seasons had 39 episodes, which was standard at that time, and since its ending was planned, it was the first scripted show to have a true series finale.

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Who was Beaver's best friend?

Larry Mondello was Beaver's best friend and trusty sidekick, although he was often the source of any trouble Beaver got into. Larry was a bit pudgy and was always eating, with apples being a favorite.

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What was Beaver's real name?

Beaver's given name was Theodore. His parents and brother never used it, but older relatives and teachers sometimes did.

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How did Beaver get his nickname?

When Beaver was born, Wally had trouble pronouncing his given name. It came out "Beaver" and the name stuck. This was not revealed until the show's final episode.

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In addition to his best friend, name two more of Beaver's close buddies.

In addition to Larry, Beaver spends a lot of time with Gilbert and Whitey. The four get into a lot of mischief together, but they're good kids at heart.

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What was June's maiden name?

June's maiden name was Bronson. This is mentioned a few times throughout the series, including during visits by her Aunt Martha.

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What was Ward and June's favorite pet name for each other?

Ward and June used their given names a great deal of the time (especially when June needed to call Ward to "talk to the boys") but they used pet names too. The most frequent one was dear.

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Where did Ward work?

Ward's exact profession was never specified. He seemed to have a mid-level job at a fairly large company, but all the references were to "the office."

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The family moved to a new home midway through the show. What was their new address?

The family's first address was 485 Mapleton Avenue, but they moved to a new home during the show's third season. The new address was 211 Pine Street.

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What was Wally's friend Lumpy's real name?

Lumpy's given name was Clarence Rutherford. No one except his father ever called him Clarence.

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What was the relationship between Lumpy's father and Ward?

Fred Rutherford and Ward worked at the same office and often carpooled together. Fred often refers to their office as the salt mines.

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What did Fred Rutherford call Ward?

Fred calls his friend and colleague "Ward, Old Boy." He is oblivious to his effect on people, so he has no idea whether this is welcome or not.

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In addition to Lumpy, Wally had several other friends who appeared frequently. Which of these was not one of them?

Eddie Haskell, the ultimate brown-noser, is the best known of Wally's friends, but he's not the only one. Chester and Tooey also make frequent appearances on the show.

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What elementary school does Beaver attend?

Beaver attends Grant Street School. It is near the Cleaver's home because Beaver walks to school by himself, even at a young age.

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What was the name of Beaver's teacher?

Miss Landers was Beaver's teacher for most of the show, although he had others. She seemed to be his favorite and the family even invited her over for dinner. When she got engaged and the announcement appeared in the newspaper, we learned that her first name was Alice.

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What did Eddie call Beaver?

Eddie tended to have nicknames, often not complimentary ones, for many people and Beaver was no exception. The one he used most often was Squirt.

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What town did the Cleavers live in?

The Cleavers lived in Mayfield and Wally attended Mayfield High School. The state was never specified, although there were several references to being half an hour from the ocean.

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What was the usual punishment the boys got for doing something wrong?

Ward and June didn't believe in physical punishment. Grounding was the preferred punishment, and it was always dispensed by Ward, although sometimes he relented or ended the term early.

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In what branch of the military did Ward serve?

There are several mentions of Ward having served in the Navy. In one episode, he mentions that when he met a general who was the husband of a family friend, the man was disappointed that Ward was only a seabee.

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Which Major League Baseball player appeared as himself in an episode called "The Long Distance Call"?

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale made many television appearances, including one on "Leave It to Beaver." In the 1962 episode, Beaver and his friends take advantage of Ward and June's absence to place a long distance call to Drysdale, but they have to hold while he finishes his shower, causing the cost of the call to rise dramatically.

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What was June's usual attire around the house?

June was rarely seen in anything that she couldn't have worn to church or a nice event. Occasionally she wore pants -- for a picnic or camping trip, for example -- but usually it was a nice dress, pearls and high heels.

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When the family moved to a new home, Beaver returned to the old house to retrieve something that belonged to him. What was it?

After his teacher teaches the class a poem about the importance of trees in people's lives, Beaver gets sentimental about a tree his father gave him for his birthday and planted in the yard at their old house. After being assured that birthday gifts are yours forever, he returns to the old house and digs it up.

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On which of these sports teams did Wally not play?

Wally played on the football and swim teams and he ran track. He also played pick-up basketball with his friends, but was too short to go out for the high school team.

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When Beaver and Larry skipped school, how did they get caught?

Afraid of getting punished for being late again, the boys simply skipped school and found themselves at a market where a live TV show was about to begin. When the host interviewed them, June saw them, as did Wally, who had been sent home from school because he was sick.

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During the show's third season, Beaver comes home with a very unusual pet. What is it?

After being told he must get rid of the mouse he's brought home, Beaver is told he can get another pet, so he answers an ad for a free monkey, which he names Stanley. Of course, Stanley wreaks havoc, but when he gets sick and Beaver cares for him, his parents realize how much he loves the monkey and compromise by taking him to the local zoo, where Beaver can visit any time.

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What kind of car did Wally drive?

When they got their licenses, Wally and his friends picked up a variety of used cars. Wally's was a 1953 Bel-Air convertible.

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Ward had a prized possession he'd owned since he was a teenager, until Beaver and Larry destroyed it. What was it?

Ward had a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and several other top players. He'd had it since he was 17, but when he showed it to the boys they weren't impressed, and Beaver and Larry played catch with it, causing the names to rub off.

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To whom did Beaver go when he needed advice?

In several episodes, Beaver sought the advice and assistance of his friend Gus, a local fireman whose last name we never learned. In one episode, for example, Beaver rescues Wally's discarded typewriter and gets Gus to repair it.

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When Wally and Beaver want to buy a movie projector, how do they try to raise money?

Selling perfume door to door seemed like a good idea at the time, but the product itself left a lot to be desired. It's hard to get women to buy something that smells like an old shoe.

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What very young actor made an appearance in a 1961 episode called "Wally Goes Steady"?

In one of his earliest acting roles, Ryan O'Neal appears in the season 5 premiere. He plays Tom, a young guy who dropped out of college to marry Wally's girlfriend's sister, and the Cleavers worry that Wally will be attracted to the idea of marriage.

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Wanting to do a good deed, Beaver donated some items to a clothing drive, but he made a mistake. What were the items?

Beaver donated a bag of clothes to a clothing drive, thinking they've been discarded. Oops, they were just bagged up to go to the dry cleaner.

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Which President of the United States was prominently featured in a portrait in Beaver's classroom?

In the front of the classroom, between the door and Miss Landers's desk, is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Next to it is an American flag.

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What veteran actor played Ward's Uncle Billy in several episodes.

Uncle Billy was portrayed by Edgar Buchanan. He made a career out of playing uncles -- he was also Uncle Joe on "Petticoat Junction," "Green Acres," and "The Beverly Hillbillies."

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What was the film footage for the show's closing credits?

As the closing credits rolled, Wally and Beaver walked toward their house. They were not coming home from school because they had no books, but Beaver was carrying a baseball glove.

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